Woman who has had two heart transplants gives birth

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo.  — A metro woman had received two heart transplants, yet she says nothing compares to her latest gift. Mindy Corbin now has a healthy baby girl, Mikayla.

“With God all things are possible. Had a lot of prayer. Had a lot of support from family and friends,” said Corbin.

Corbin’s story goes back to 1998. That’s when a virus destroyed her heart. She received a heart transplant, but then needed another one in 2005. Soon after, Corbin and her husband moved from California to Lee’s Summit. All along, doctors told her that she could never have children.

“That it was going to be too high risk,” said Corbin.

The medicines transplant patients take to prevent rejection can cause severe birth defects, but you can’t just stop the meds during pregnancy.

“It is not worthwhile losing the organ, having a child, and then having a mother die. That would be the ultimate tragedy,” said Dr. Andrew Kao of St. Luke’s Mid-America Heart Institute.

Last year, doctors there came up with a plan for a persistent Corbin. They switched her to a medicine that posed less risk of birth defects. She became pregnant. With close monitoring, it went well, even though Corbin also has Type-2 Diabetes.

“I mean, it’s absolutely amazing,” said Dr. Kao.

Mikayla is now almost six weeks old. The National Transplantation Pregnancy Registry says only a handful of women have ever have two heart transplants and then had a baby.

“I’m hoping this will encourage other people not to give up on their dreams, that anything is possible,” said Corbin.

A mom’s transplanted heart is overflowing with gratitude and love.

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